Malaysia’s Anifah Aman Signs MoU Seeking Justice For MH17 Victims

Anifah, centre, signs the MoU seeking to prosecute those involved in the downing of MH17. – Photo credit Wisma Putra

NEW YORK: Anifah Aman, representing the Government of Malaysia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on political support to prosecute the perpetrators who brought down MH17.

“The signing of the MoU took place at the official residence of the permanent representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York, at the margins of the ongoing 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly,” said Wisma Putra in a statement on Wednesday night.

The Foreign Ministers of Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ukraine signed the MoU on behalf of their respective governments.

“With the signing of the MoU, all the five countries, which established the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to coordinate the criminal investigation on the downing of MH17, reaffirmed their common resolve to seek justice and accountability, by ensuring that the perpetrators are held to account as demanded by the UN Security Council Resolution 2166,” it added.

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The JIT countries also confirmed that they would help one another should any of them face any kind of external pressure to undermine the prosecution or the cooperation among them.

“Malaysia is unwavering in its commitment to prosecute the perpetrators of the MH17’s downing and secure justice for all the victims, their families and loved ones,” said the ministry, sharing that Malaysia is pleased with the Dutch-led JIT investigations so far.

It also expressed confidence that national prosecution under Dutch law is the most viable option to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“Malaysia also hopes that this first step towards prosecuting the perpetrators will bring some measure of comfort and hope to the families and next-of-kin of those lost in this July 17, 2014 tragedy.”

On that day, The Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 aircraft was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, the Netherlands when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.